Curt Kinder
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AirGenerate Heat Pump Water Heaters - any experience?
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I'm in sunny humid Florida and have had great luck with air source heat pump water heaters, particularly the GE models.80+% of water heaters here are in garages, so HPWH work well.Now I'm faced with…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John C. Semmelhack Nov 20, 2012.

Vampire load surprise - garage door openers
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I've been on a tear of late to eliminate or minimize standby loads. This arises from data revealing that during spring and fall, when HVAC use is minimal, standby loads comprise 25%, 5 kwh / day of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Dec 15, 2013.


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Curt Kinder commented on Christopher Morin's blog post The #1 Item Missing from High-Efficient HVAC Installations
"And this is EXACTLY why we offer complimentary labor to replace factory warranted parts on SEER 16+systems we install and semi-annually maintain... BUT only if the client also chooses to have installed whole house surge protection whose status…"
Feb 17
Curt Kinder replied to King Rosales's discussion Where did you buy your LED lights?
"I took the plunge in stages between November and May and have installed approximately 70 Cree LED lamps, mostly 60 Watt equivalents, but a fair proportion of 40s and a few 75s. The initial batch came from HD, but subsequent batches came from various…"
Jun 12, 2014
Curt Kinder commented on Christopher Morin's blog post 5 Things New Energy Efficiency HVAC Contractors Need to Know
"You left out air distribution...Without at least a passing glance at how much air moves through the system, comfort failure is a real possibility. Right-sizing via Man J is all well and good, but the system will deliver well short of rated capacity…"
Apr 19, 2014
Curt Kinder replied to Home Energy Magazine's discussion UV light in Furnace?
"The best UV light is the one NOT unnecessarily sold to unwitting clients who simply don't need them! We've been in business 5 years and so far never installed so much as a single UV light. Unscrupulous competitors send out preventive…"
Mar 19, 2014
Curt Kinder commented on Christopher Morin's blog post Can you trust your Load Calc Software?
"I remain quite pleased with Elitesoft. No RSM, SHR defaults to 0.75, and ducts default to attic, typical in my area and certainly is responsible for approx 1 ton out of every 4."
Feb 20, 2014
Curt Kinder replied to Erin Hult's discussion LBNL looking for HVAC contractors that service Small Commercial
"That's pretty sad, Hal. I've been an AC contractor in Jacksonville Florida for several years with the approach of swimming upstream - forbearing immediate revenue for long term client interest. 1) Deploy smallest possible system, to the…"
Feb 15, 2014
Curt Kinder replied to Tom DelConte's discussion Energy Savings that Are Hot Air!
"Well, if you read the link carefully you'll learn that only ONE of the Brits speaks the truth. The rest, like most institutions here flogging energy conservation, are prone to gross exaggeration. The savings DO exist, but not in the amounts…"
Jan 25, 2014
Curt Kinder replied to Paul Stevens's discussion Peak Energy Saver
"Well, I work with the conservation guys at a big local electric utility. One of them told me, by way of agreeing that residential power factor correction is a complete scam, that out of their 400,000 (yes - four hundred thousand) electric customers,…"
Jan 16, 2014
Curt Kinder replied to Paul Stevens's discussion Peak Energy Saver
"Horsefeathers! Improving a building or plant's power factor does NOTHING for individual motors. I sincerely hope you are not hawking your views for personal gain."
Jan 14, 2014
Curt Kinder replied to Paul Stevens's discussion Peak Energy Saver
"Power Factor Correction is ONLY worth considering for electricity users who are penalized (billed) for inadequate power factor by the utility. All others are billed for kW, not KVA, so it is a complete waste of money for all others to fall prey to…"
Jan 13, 2014
Curt Kinder replied to Danny S. Parker's discussion Phased Deep Retrofit Project in Florida
"If disseminating outright false or at best piss-poorly researched "information" is any part of a day in the life of a self-proclaimed energy efficiency expert, I'd suggest that individual abdicate the role in favor of those of us who…"
Jan 8, 2014
Curt Kinder replied to Danny S. Parker's discussion Phased Deep Retrofit Project in Florida
"A brief surf / search suggests that the 2009 HGTV Green Home in Port St Lucie Florida is still standing. It has transferred a couple times, is presently homesteaded and a permit history shows nothing newer than 2009. Perhaps your source or…"
Jan 8, 2014
Curt Kinder replied to Danny S. Parker's discussion Phased Deep Retrofit Project in Florida
"That's an interesting point of view. Thanks so much for sharing your insight."
Jan 8, 2014
Curt Kinder commented on Anna Jursik's blog post Electric Thermal Storage vs. Heat Pump Water Heaters
"I'm suprised that model did as well as 3/5. Lowest EF for an HPWH that I'm aware, serious limitations revealed in testing. Fortunately it has been superseded by a much more promising Gen2 model. Gen2 still not yet in stores near me. Gen1…"
Dec 16, 2013
Dennis Heidner replied to Curt Kinder's discussion Vampire load surprise - garage door openers
"15W * 8760hr/year - 131,400 watt hours 131,400Wh/1000W/yr = 131.4 kWh/year 131.4kWh/yr * $0.12/kWh  (average US  electric price) = $15.76 $15.76 * 10 years = $157.60 No attempt to do calculation of NPV or inflation. Garage openers can…"
Dec 15, 2013
Curt Kinder replied to Curt Kinder's discussion Vampire load surprise - garage door openers
"I disagree - do the math: If a cheapie costs $130 but burns 15 Watts 24/7, the 10 year cost of ownership is almost $300, depending on electric rates. That covers the cost of the more expensive model, not to mention the negative message sent to both…"
Dec 15, 2013

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At 5:53pm on May 2, 2013, bill lazar said…

We're glad to share as we can fathom the details. There is a lot we have not yet figured out how to track and quantify, especially on the behavior side. All our homes had HERS scores between 68 and 72, when built. But we did not do enough education on how to maintain their homes. 

At 4:53am on September 8, 2012, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Curt,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros. Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

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